mother knows best…

her
maternal voice
mused
as if
telling a ghost story
warned
not
to unwrap
the white shroud
encasing
yesterday’s body
they should
accept
their personalized gospel
no need
to unravel
and
inspect
the blood stained
fabric
with
it’s
image
of
truth
why
risk
losing the ransomed lives
they’ve lived
ransom
so carefully
paid for
with
lies

 

press conference…

press conference

come
let us
dig up
the bones
of children
and
carve them
into spears
so that
their parents’
deaths
might seem
less
painful
when brought about
by
some part
of their own
join
with us
in prayer
to a god
of our own image
cloaked
in a bloody shroud
of justified war
glorifying
our
humanity
as we
steal
the last breath
of hope
from
the corpse
of
peace